Evelyn was kind and caring
Published 14/05/2016 | 00:00
Evelyn Fitzhenry, nee Hillis, of Ballymorris, Clonard passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, May 1, surrounded by her loving family. She fought a brave battle with cancer for a year with such great dignity.
The loving wife of Teddy, Evelyn Hillis was born on June 9, 1942, in Cullintra, Barntown.
She was the first of 11 children born to Willy and Ann Hillis and grew up to become a beautiful young woman. In 1958, she met Teddy Fitzhenry in the Friary chapel yard. He was the best man for a friend's wedding and Evelyn was the bridesmaid for her aunt.
Love blossomed quickly and they married on St Stephens Day in 1959, in Bride Street Church, and had the wedding breakfast in the County Hotel in Wexford.
They went on to have eight children, Ann, Kay, Jackie, Carol, Sheila, Susan, Bob and Patrick. They had 15 grand children, 10 great grand children, step grand children and step great grand children and loved every one of them dearly.
She was a kind and caring person and she wasn't afraid to show it. But, a wife and mother isn't all Evelyn was, she was also a loving daughter, a wonderful sister, a doting grandmother, a supportive mother-in-law, a loyal friend, a ruthless card player and of course quite a lucky bingo player! Evelyn's greatest hobby was gardening, she was proud to have won Wexford in bloom for large garden on two occasions. She loved organising family occasions and parties, the bigger the better. where everyone was greeted with a big hug and made to feel part of the family. All of Evelyn's family are very grateful for the support that they have received over the passed year from neighbours and friends. They are also extremely appreciative of Majella Fielding who cared for Mam in her last few weeks, also for Deirdre Bolger and all the staff in McCauley's Whitemill, Dr. David Curtis and all his staff at Sunnyside medical Ctr.
Evelyn will be sadly missed by her husband Teddy, eight children, mother, brothers, sisters, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sisters in-law, brothers in-law, sons in-law, daughters in-law, nieces, nephews extended family and friends.
We love you so much Mam, I only wish we had had more time together - we will cherish all the great memories we had through the years, and will carry your love with us always. Her remains were removed from Kearney's to the church of assumption Bride Street and buried afterwards in Murrintown Church.